File:Standingarabianfoalone.jpg|thumb|A foal at about weaning age.
A '''foal''' is an equine
up to one year old; the term is used mainly for horses
. More specific terms are colt (horse)|colt
for a male
foal and filly
for a female
foal, used until the horse is three or four. When the foal is nursing from its dam (mother), it may also be called a "suckling". After it has been weaned from its dam, it may be called a "weanling
". When a mare
is pregnant, she is said to be "in foal". When the mare gives birth, she is "foaling", and the impending birth is usually stated as "to foal". A newborn horse is "foaled".
After a horse is one year old, it is no longer a foal, and is a "yearling (horse)|yearling
". There are no special age-related terms for young horses older than yearlings. When young horses reach breeding maturity, the terms change: a filly over three (four in horse racing
) is called a mare, and a colt...